GrateNews picks the winners for the 2015 Oscars

Birdman

by Ronald Soh

Edit: So whaddya know, we got it all correct! Truth be told, when it came to who won, it really wasn’t an Oscar of surprises. However, there were still many memorable moments that happened, and you should check them out here.

The 87th Academy Awards, or more simply known as The Oscars, are coming up real soon, and we love that little game of predicting who will come out with those golden statues. All eyes will definitely be on the Best Picture category (as it usually is), with this year’s excellent selection of nominees making it tough to call.

Overall, we’re expecting The Grand Budapest hotel to grab the most awards, while Boyhood or Birdman will be neck-to-neck in the race for the Best Picture and Best Director categories.

Although we did not include the technical categories in this article, do expect The Grand Budapest Hotel and Interstellar to come away with the Oscars for design and visual & sound editing categories respectively.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at our predictions for the big categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories (because we know that’s what most of us care about anyway) and see how well we do this year.

Best Picture

Michael Keaton in Birdman

Our pick: Birdman
Dark horse: The Grand Budapest Hotel

It will be one of the tightest races in the history between Boyhood and Birdman; and The Grand Budapest Hotel might just surprise with its film’s visual style and Ralph Fiennes’ lead performance.

Boyhood, the coming-of-age drama filmed and edited over 12 years, has already won the best film for BAFTA and Golden Globe awards so this would be a frontrunner for the Best Picture award at the Oscars. However, I think Birdman may just nick the Richard Linklater film to win this as it has pushed the film industry onto another creative level, with the outstanding cast’s performance (particularly Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, and Sharon Stone), witty screenplay and clever editing skills over an impressive action-sequence.

Best Director

Our pick: Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
Dark Horse: Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Alejandro González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director, and we fully expect him to take home this award. Of course – and again – he’ll face stiff competition from Richard Linklater (Boyhood), and Wes Anderson is always going to be nipping at their heels for his beautifully-crafted The Grand Budapest Hotel.

We’d still go with Iñárritu, though, for his unique directorial style in Birdman. In case you’re wondering who this guy is, he was also the director behind the 2006 multi-narrative drama, Babel, which starred Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne

Our pick: Eddie Redmayne (Theory of Everything)
Dark Horse: Michael Keaton (Birdman)

Eddie Redmayne’s role as Stephen Hawking in the Theory of Everything has put the actor in the frontrunner seat for the Best Actor award this year with his convincing performance as famous physicist.

Despite being a slight surprise in this category (yes, he also played Marius in the Les Misérables movie), he is both the bookies’ favourite, as well as ours, after taking home Best Actor at the Golden Globes and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Expect to see much more of Redmayne in bigger movies throughout the year – he’s definitely set to become one of Britain’s great actor exports.

Best Actress

Julianne Moore

Our pick: Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Dark Horse: Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)

Julianne Moore is one of the acting greats of our time, and it’s fitting that she may finally get that Oscar award she deserves. Although this award will be for her role as a woman with early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease in Still Alice, we feel that it will be a nice way to top off her excellent achievements and contributions to the film industry over the years.

Moore had been nominated four times previously in the Oscars, but she’s yet to win.

Best Supporting Actor

Whiplash

Our pick: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Dark Horse: Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)

Many will recognise J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in the original Spider-Man movies, but it is in Whiplash that we see Simmons dish out his best performance as the intense, and almost psychotic, music instructor, Terence Fletcher. For someone so recognisable in the Hollywood circle, Simmons is incredibly underrated, and often doesn’t get enough credit for the work he does. We’re glad he’s finally gotten a role that puts him under the spotlight, and to win him that award he so richly deserves.

Best Supporting Actress

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Our pick: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Dark Horse: Emma Stone (Birdman)

We can’t really see anyone else taking this category. Patricia Arquette put in a very realistic performance as a mother struggling through multiple husbands, while raising two children and living a fulfilling life. We followed her struggles and even watched her age on screen as she exposed herself to her audience in showing how her character evolves over the 12 years taken to film the movie.

In all fairness, Arquette’s performance in Boyhood is so significant that the movie can easily been renamed “Motherhood”.

What do you think of our picks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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